Top Ten Tuesday: Time to say good-bye.

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

February 20: Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

This might be a challenging list to work up this week.  I recently figured out how to weed books from my Goodreads account and did a major purge.  I went from something over 600 titles to-read to 282 titles.  I removed everything I was no longer interested in or recognized/remembered.  I kept mainly titles by authors I was familiar with or knew I wanted to read.  Some of the titles I removed are ones I own.  I’m no longer going to use Goodreads to prevent myself from buying a book I already own because recently I haven’t been using it while shopping.  My tastes have changed and I’m not picking up the same type of books that I used to.  I did keep my Star Trek books on the account because I do pick those up when I come across them even though I don’t seem to ever get around to reading them.  Anyway,  I’m sure I can scrounge up some titles to share this week.

Ten books that I simply lost interest in…

  1. Written in Red (The Others, #1)  This one caught my eye in a few blog reviews.  I put it on my list but didn’t go out to buy it and waited for it to cross my path.  Never did so I removed it from my to-read list.  If it ever crosses my path I might pick it up and read it.
  2. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Jaz Parks, #1) Another one that I added a long time ago and it never crossed my path.  I’m going to remove it for now.
  3. Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) This book was one that I added when I was into YA titles, now that I’m over them I am going to remove this one from my to-read list.
  4. Wicked Nights (Castle of Dark Dreams #1) This is a case of I picked a book up cheap at a sale and it sat on my shelves for years.  I’m going to donate it someplace and maybe someone else will find time to read it.
  5. Vampire Kisses (Vampire Kisses, #1) This book is pretty much the same explanation as for the last book…
  6. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble (Jolie Wilkins, #1) I tried this author once and just didn’t care for her book that much but had downloaded this title already from a free e-book offer.  I’m not going to delete it but I’m going to take it off my to-read list.
  7. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Added this one when I was in a what classics should I be reading phase.  I’m over reading to try to impress people.  Weeded
  8. Wool Omnibus (Silo, #1) Never got around to this title but it still looks interesting.  Might get to is as we have it in the library where I work but probably not.
  9. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) This book is another victim of my lost interest in YA… Also didn’t enjoy the movie that much.
  10. Never Let Me Go I suggested this title to my library but after some feedback from patrons, I’m not sure I’m going to read it.

There is my list for the week.  Are there any titles above that you loved?  Why not lobby for them in the comments.  Maybe they will make it back on to my reading list.

 

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Monday Morning Check-In: Do over…

Good morning everyone I hope your Monday is starting off better than mine.  Woke up and spent some time playing on my phone in bed before getting up to start weekly laundry.  I ended up falling down the stairs.  I was halfway down and my foot slipped off the stairs.  I ended up falling on my bottom and sliding down but man it scared the hell out of me and hurt like I bitch.  I can walk and I don’t think I broke anything but I waited an hour before sitting down.  Once I did, oh man,  I can so feel it.

I would say screw everything else and spend the day reading or listening to an audiobook while knitting but I feel better standing.  So I hope you have a great day and I look forward to finishing my current read and bringing you the review sometime next week.

Happy Reading!

Better Off Undead by D.D. Barant

Book Review

 


Better Off Undead (The Bloodhound Files, #4)Book Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery

Book Series: The Bloodhound Files #4

Released: 10/4/11 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks

Pages:324  Price: $7.99 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I own a copy of this book

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Dark magic, unknown enemies, monsters of every stripe—FBI profiler Jace Valchek has seen it all. In this bizarre parallel universe, shape-shifting werewolves and blood-thirsty vampires don’t even warrant a raised eyebrow. That is, until Jace has to face what life might look like as one of them …

It starts off as just another run-of-the-mill assignment: to track down the rogue don of a mafia werewolf family before he upsets the delicate balance of the underworld. But Jace wasn’t counting on being bitten…and soon she’s fighting the growing wolf inside her with a startling antidote—vampirism. Stopping a bloody gangland war won’t be easy when Jace is feeling some new, and very inhuman, desires …

My Review:

After several months off I decided to revisit the Bloodhound Files series and see if I could finish the last three books.  The last book left me wanting and I was hesitant to dive into the next one but apparently, enough time had passed and I enjoyed following a smart alec Jace around as she solves another case for this other world NSA.

After rereading my review of the last book I can see why this one worked better for me.  All the supporting characters that I love were back including Charlie her golem partner.  The chemistry between these two characters and the resulting banter make this story for me.  We also had some development near the end of the book romance-wise for Jace and I was and wasn’t surprised with who she ended up knocking boots with.  Actually, it was a touching moment and I am excited to see what comes of it in the next book.

It was also interesting to have Jace get a taste of what it is to live in this world as either a shifter or a vampire while fighting to stay human.  Not going to spoil the outcome but I thought it was going to play a bigger role in the plot than it ended up.

The heart of this series is a good old detective story with some social commentary thrown in for kicks.  I love the sleuthing, I love the wit, and I love the interesting parallels to our society the plot brings up from time to time.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Top Ten Tuesday: Bittersweet Love

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

February 13: Love Freebie

 

This week I’m going to share some of the love stories that I’ve read that while beautiful had a bittersweet ending.  Sometimes love doesn’t walk off hand in hand into the sunset.  Here are some of my favorites.  Please note that there might be spoilers with some of these romances that end with one of the characters passing away or clues to how the couples end up together.  You have been warned.

Ten bittersweet romances…

  1. Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)  This is book number four in the Chicagoland Vampires series the book where the series finally won me over.  Merit has accepted her new identity as a vampire and warmed up to Ethan just to have him killed off at the end of the book.  I about threw the book across the room but it hooked me for the series and it ended up being one of my favorites.
  2. The Gargoyle While this is a terribly dark story it is also a beautiful one about the love of two souls that have journeyed throughout time together in different life incarnations.
  3. Vampire, Interrupted (Argeneau #9) We spend most of this series with Marguerite, matchmaker extraordinaire, finding lifemates for her children and various other family members.  In book nine we learn the horrible past that Marguerite experienced being manipulated by her husband, who was not a lifemate, but someone who manipulated and controlled her every moment.  He has passed well before this series started but in this book, Marguerite finally gets a chance to be united with her lifemate.
  4. The Time Traveler's Wife I believe I cried for the last 50 pages or so of this story.  Why because he dies of course and then she spends the rest of her life waiting for one last moment with him.  Sorry, I basically spoiled this one for you.
  5. Reincarnation Blues A beautiful love story where two souls are not separated by death but life.
  6. Styxx (Dark-Hunter, #22) Ms. Kenyon is the queen of tortured heroes and she has yet to outdo what cooked up for Styxx.  Fear not it does have a happy ending.
  7. The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #13)  I wasn’t sure I was going to like this story in the Blackdagger Brotherhood series because the Shadows were not my favorite characters.  But man this book wiped the floor with my emotions.  I can not believe how it ended.
  8. For a Few Demons More (The Hollows, #5) I’m not sure if this is the book where Kisten met his final death but it was just so tragic.  I loved Rachel and Kisten together so much that it was difficult for me to accept who Rachel eventually ends up with.
  9. The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, #3) It isn’t the main characters, Dianna and Matthew, but Gallowglass’s unrequited love that earned this book a spot on the list.
  10. Allegiant (Divergent, #3) I struggled to find a tenth bittersweet love story for the list but decided to add this one to the list.  Pretty much everyone I know hated how this story ended but I thought it was pretty fitting.

There you have my list for the week.  Feel free to share links in the comments to your TTT list or your favorite bittersweet love story.  Happy Valentine’s Day.

Monday Morning Check-In: 36 Days Until Spring…

We have survived the snowpocalypse of last week.  Not one big storm but a week of snowstorms every day and no snow blower.  We ended up with a foot of snow altogether and it does look pretty as it didn’t drift and we don’t have anyone that walks through or play in it.  That being said I hope most of it melts this week.

Been struggling with my audiobooks recently.  I hope that I can have my turn at one of the three series I am working on.  I am almost finished with a review book I am reading and no review books to pick afterward.  I am going to find something on my to-read bookshelf at home.  I need to catch up on several series by favorite authors of mine.

Going to leave it here as I have another cancer check-up today and need to leave soon. Have a great week!

Top Ten Tuesday: Still Waiting…

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week she asks us to share lists on the following:

 February 6: Books That Have Been On My TBR the Longest and I Still Haven’t Read

 

This list should be easy, all I am going to do is head over to Goodreads and see which books have been on my want-to-read list longest.

Ten books that have been on my To-Read List the longest.

  1. If Angels Burn (Darkyn #1) Added 10/25/11: I know I picked this up used years ago apparently.  I am not sure I own it anymore as I’ve been weeding my to-read bookcase at home.  Frankly, I should probably remove this title as I don’t think I will ever get around to reading it…
  2. Full Moon Rising (Riley Jenson Guardian #1) Added 12/20/11:  I actually have the first few books in this series and have been meaning to try them soon.  I think I saw a review somewhere that renewed my interest.  Might not be this year but I will get to these eventually. To try at least.
  3. Dark Thirst (The Brethren, #1) Added 12/20/11: Another title that I will probably give up on and weed from my shelves at home.
  4. Bloodfever (Fever, #2) Added 2/12/12:  I did read the first book in this series but simply never picked up the second book.  I will probably need to reread number one, or maybe I can borrow the audiobook.  I will hold on to this book as I do want to give this series another chance.
  5. Crave (Fallen Angels, #2) Added 3/21/12:  While I enjoy the Blackdagger Brotherhood series and its spin-off I was not crazy about the Fallen Angels series.  I don’t think I will ever get around to reading book two.
  6. Demons Not Included (Night Tracker, #1) Added 3/13/12:  I had meant to read this book earlier it even sat on my nightstand for almost a year before I put it back on the shelves.  I’m not sure why I never got around to it but I will be keeping it around and hopefully feel like picking it up sometime.
  7. Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, #1) Added 11/19/12:  I’m torn about this series.  I have most if not all of the titles in the series but find myself not interested in romance books filled with sex and little plot anymore.  I know it has to do with shifting hormones now that I am in menopause.  I’m making assumptions here but a series about succubuses is bound to have tons of sex in it and I would hate to miss half the book as I tend to now skip those parts. Let me know if I’m wrong and this book is more plot than sex.
  8. Blood of the Wicked (Dark Mission, #1) Added 11/19/12: I think the reason that I haven’t gotten around to this book sooner as it is about witches and I am generally not a fan.  I tend to stick with my shifters and vampires.
  9. Skye's Trail (The Angelini, #1) Added 1/9/13:  I’m sure this book made in on my list when I was reading much racier titles.  Since I don’t own this one I will probably pull it from my Goodreads shelves.
  10. Feral Sins (The Phoenix Pack, #1) Added 1/31/13:  Another erotic novel that is going to be weeded from my shelves…  If it crosses my path maybe I will read it but I have a feeling that my taste has simply changed too much.

Well, there you have my list for this week.  What books have you avoided reading the longest?

Monday Morning Check-In: Trying again.

Good Monday afternoon…  I’m a little late today because I spent the morning cooking for the week as I am on week two of my Whole30 and the only way I am going to be successful is if I can cook for the week so when I’m hungry it is easy to pull a meal together.

Anyway, while I worked in the kitchen I listened to book three of the Dresden Files.  I am going to try this series again.  Mainly because I couldn’t find any other audiobook that looked interesting at my library.  I need to have something to listen to while I cook, clean, or knit.  I am not going to be giving book two a second chance and just leave it DNF because I don’t think it will hurt to just pick the series up with book three.  I’m around chapter 11 and it is working better for me in audio format over me reading it myself.  I still think the main character is a glorified 12-year-old being obsessed with every woman who crosses his path’s body or their sex life.  The further I get into this book the more that drops away and the author focuses on the plot.  I still love series set in Chicago, however, and I have had fun visiting the different neighborhoods in my head as I listen to the text.  Don’t have my hopes up real high but this might be a way for me to read this popular series.

Have a good week!  Stay warm.

Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Iron Kissed (Mercy Thompson, #3)Book Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #3

Released: 1/2/08 by Ace Books

Pages:  Price: $19.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed this audiobook from my library.

 

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mechanic Mercy Thompson can shift her shape – but not her loyalty. When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it’s up to Mercy to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not.

Mercy’s loyalty is under pressure from other directions, too. Werewolves are not known for their patience, and if Mercy can’t decide between the two she cares for, Sam and Adam may make the choice for her…

My Review:

The first three books of this series feel like an introduction to the other species that share the planet with humans.  Book one focused on the Werewolves, book two the Vampires, and in book three the Fae get their turn.  It is nice that they each get a separate book to explain the rules and particular quirks that make up each race.

In this series, my preference or interest ranks Werewolves, Fae, and then the disappointing vampires.  The way the Fae are portrayed in this series always makes me want to go back and reread some faerie tales from childhood and take a look at the characters with an adult eye.

While Zee wasn’t in this book much I had the feeling like we got a chance to know him far better than in the previous two books.  It was also nice to meet some of the other powerful Fae like the Gray Lords.  We also meet one of my favorite recurring non-human characters, the walking stick.

The love triangle comes to an end in this book and Mercy goes through a brutal ordeal that almost breaks her.  I don’t want to give anything away but there is a scene in the book that might trigger abuse survivors.

While I’m enjoying my reread I’m afraid I have to take a break from the series while I wait for my turn at the next book.  I’m really enjoying this revisiting of series I enjoy and it helps a lot to have such a great narrator.

My Rating: 4 Stars

Month in Review: January 2018

Month in Review

Read this month:  11 Books, 3108 Pages 

Read this year:  11  Books, 3108 Pages 

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs Dead Trees Give No Shelter by Wil Wheaton Twice Bitten by Lynsay Sands Dead Eye by Alyssa Day Moon Called by Patricia Briggs

Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Looking Back:

WOW!  What got into me?  I’ve not read 11 books in one month in quite some time!  Granted seven of them are reread and audiobooks but still I’m impressed with myself.  I’ve been doing a lot of knitting recently (apparently, quite a lot) and decided to listen to some audiobooks while I work.  Not finding any new titles that I was interested I decided to revisit some past series I enjoyed.  I also finished three review books, all delightful, and only one short story.  Yep, this was a good month of reading for me.

Looking Ahead:

I hope to keep up the momentum but if I could just finish eight books next month I’m be happy.  It is a shorter month and I do have a couple longer reads that I would like to tackle.  Only two review books, one that I’m half done with and the other is NF.  I might be forced to find some new authors for audiobooks because there is a wait for next books in the series I am reread but that’s okay.  I hope I can find something because it really motivates me to get some knitting done.  I hope to have a few projects to enter in next year’s fair.

Happy Reading ~Amy

Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs

Book Review

 


Blood Bound (Mercy Thompson, #2)Book Genre: Paranormal, Mystery, Urban Fantasy

Book Series: Mercy Thompson #2

Released: 1/30/07

Pages: 292  Price:$19.99 Audiobook

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from my library.

 

 

Book Synopsis:

Mechanic Mercy Thompson has friends in low places-and in dark ones. And now she owes one of them a favor. Since she can shapeshift at will, she agrees to act as some extra muscle when her vampire friend Stefan goes to deliver a message to another of his kind.

But this new vampire is hardly ordinary-and neither is the demon inside of him.

My Review:

Continuing on with book two of the Mercy Thompson series and still surprised at how much I don’t remember.  I have the major plot lines down but some of the subplots felt completely fresh to me.   I’m afraid I will only be able to do one more book in this series before being forced to take a break as I wait for the next book… Might have to resort to borrowing something new-to-me as I continue to wait for book seven in the Charley Davidson series.

I reread the short review I wrote up when I first read this book and I mentioned how I didn’t care for the vampires in the world being monsters instead of more benevolent.  This continues to be my main issue with the series and book two.  I guess I simply don’t like my vampires being the bad guy.

In this book, Mercy still has three guys vying for her affections.  While I know who she ends up with, actually knew who she would end up with when I read it as it is pretty obvious, I can’t help but feel bad for the two that don’t win her hand.  I like who she ends up with but I also like the other two too.

I forget what happens in the next book but I don’t have to wait long to find out.  All I need to do is end this review and hit play.  So that’s what I’m going to do.

My Rating: 4 Stars